Running a Successful Business - 5 Things Not to Overlookby Emma L. Business consultant
Small businesses take a lot of work and planning. This can often be overwhelming for a single person to take on, especially when they take into consideration how many people depend on their work. This is why business owners often make similar mistakes during the first year on the job.
These can be avoided simply by knowing what the limits of the business are and by asking for advice from those who have been there before. This doesn’t mean that the company will automatically be successful, but it makes the first couple of years of running a company much easier.
Planning a budget
Having an idea for a business is often very much different from running the day-to-day operations. This is most noticeable in creating a budget because that’s where all the constraints of actual financial management come into play.
For instance, an inexperienced business owner also thinks about a budget in terms of large expenses and infrastructure needed for running a company. In fact, having a consistent cash flow that will cover operational expenses is often more important than having enough money to invest early on. A budget needs to reflect this fact. You can look for ways of lowering the utility bills like keeping track of your water usage or hiring professional power quality consultants who can advise you on possible ways you can lower your power usage thus minimizing your business's monthly bill.
When the business is still young and in its conception phase, it may seem like a small group of employees can handle everything that needs to be done. This group almost always included business owners as well.
However, once the company is set up, the need for management becomes clear. That frees enough time and energy for the business owners to handle the big picture while the management deals with the employees and other obligations that keep coming up. It often seems like too big of a leap to take, but once the management is put in place, the company can truly reach its potential.
There’s always a lot of talk about the importance of management, but customer support rarely comes into focus in this regard. It’s a mistake to overlook it, because that’s how most customers first come to contact with your business directly.
Setting up 1300 numbers and providing chat support is just the beginning of this service. It needs to be done by the best employees you’ve got and it needs to go beyond answering complaints. They should be the ones who present the best face of your company to the public.
The old saying goes that the company is only as good as its employees. This is a simple truth but it often gets forgotten in the mayhem of running a company. The workers you have can easily be lost if you don’t pay attention to their needs and concerns.
This doesn’t always need to involve pay raises or big bonuses. Most of the time, the employees are looking for an opportunity to grow on the job and work in an environment that makes them feel appreciated.
This may not seem like very useful advice, but it’s actually one of the most important things to keep in mind about running a company. As much as 50 percent of all companies tend to fail during the first year of doing business and that can be devastating for both the owner and the employees.
You need to be prepared for such an event, most importantly in terms of finances. Try to keep your personal finances separate from those of the company and you’ll manage to come back, even if the business isn’t what you thought it will be.
Running a company is more than a full-time job. It’s a mission for a lot of people and in order to make it happen, you need to have a clear idea of what makes your business different.
Created on Oct 14th 2018 02:49. Viewed 132 times.